Deidra Chatman has left the Virginia women's basketball team, the 10th player in the past 3 1/2 years to depart Debbie Ryan's program with eligibility remaining. Chatman, a 6-foot-6 center, played only 6.7 minutes per game in two seasons with the Cavaliers. She will remain a U-Va. student.
Chatman is perhaps best known as one of two college basketball players who drew national attention in early 2003 for protesting U.S. foreign policy by turning away from the flag during the pregame national anthem. But while Manhattanville College senior Toni Smith continued her protest through the entire season, Chatman did it just once, before her team's March 1 home game against North Carolina.
The next day Chatman met with Ryan and Virginia Athletic Director Craig Littlepage and announced she would in the future join her teammates in saluting the flag. "I did not intend for my actions on Sunday to offend anyone," she said in a statement. "I would much rather have the attention focused on our team."
Chatman's departure comes three months after freshman guard Alisa Wulff left the Cavaliers to be closer to her family in Canada.
-- Jim Reedy